‘Ensemble Stars’ is a life simulation mobile video game franchise created by Happy Elements K.K. Its popularity led to a 2015 manga spin-off written by Sayo Ichi and published by Kodansha that ran for four volumes. In 2019, Japanese animation studio David Production created an anime series that ran for twenty-four episodes.
This has now led to an anime film spin-off titled ‘Ensemble Stars!! -Road to Show!!’ is set to be released in March 2022. They also released a teaser poster:
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Funimation said on their website, “This is one flight you won’t want to miss, Ensemble Stars fans! Makoto, Hokuto, Subaru, Mao and the rest of the gang will be flying out to New York to attend the Idol Film Festival in Ensemble Stars!! -Road to Show!!-, which’ll touch down in Japanese theaters on March 4, 2022!” They add, “The film will be an original story featuring the above characters and others, linked to the popular mobile game with events due to start this December.”
Masakazu Hishida and Asami Nakatani are co-directing the film for David Production, who tapped Happy Elements writer Seitarō Kino to handle the script.
MyAnimeList describes the plot of the anime as follows, “Yumenosaki Academy has been home to the best boy idols of different generations. Holding immense influence over the school, its student council maintains the status quo by enforcing old traditions with an iron fist. Transfer student Anzu winds up attending as the very first member in the production course, making her the sole female student in the entire school. There, she meets Subaru Akehoshi, Hokuto Hidaka, Mao Isara, and Makoto Yuuki—her classmates and members of the idol unit ‘Trickstar.'”
They continue, “The academy holds Dream Idol Festivals—stage battles that put its students’ singing and dancing skills against each other, with the audience voting on the winner. Winning these “DreFes” guarantees the members of the idol unit various privileges and prestige. However, with the student council intervening and punishing everyone involved in an unsanctioned DreFes, the members of Trickstar find that they can no longer sit around and let it continue. Alongside Anzu as their producer, they plot to become the revolutionaries of the academy.”
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